2010 – It’s all about JOBS!

2011 – no JOBS bill out of Congress yet.

2011 – President to give major speech about JOBS.

Republican reaction?

How dare you give a major speech when we’re debating for our Party’s nomination to be the guy to replace you…

Hey, now you’re giving a major speech on opening night of Football!

I’m not gonna show up for your major JOBS speech – I’m gonna stay home and have a football party.

I’m not gonna show up for your major JOBS speech – I’m gonna sit in my office and tweet about it instead.

Republicans have been playing high-stakes political chicken – and Obama has blinked every time. By the time they’re through with a JOBS bill, we’ll have more tax breaks for the rich and corporations, more free trade agreements, all offset by a reduction in unemployment benefits to balance the budget and force people to go to work – all they have to do is be willing to relocate to a third-world country…that’s where all the hiring will be.

The Law of Unintended Consequences, or How Defining Full Personhood at Conception can Lead to Incarcerating Parents

Ok, bear with me here.

Let’s say, for sake of argument, that an impregnated egg is a person, thoughout the pregnancy. We do know that at some point the fetus is capable of hearing and reacting to sounds and motions originating outside the womb.

Well, and this is a bit perverse, that child, while stll in the womb, is exposed to “adult” sounds every time its parents engage in sexual intercourse during its stay. Sounds, motions, orgasms mere millimeters away.

Could having sex while pregnant lead to charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor?

Upon reflection, how do you feel, knowing you shared the same bed while your parents were “doing the nasty”?

Dear God

Your Book says you created Man on the 6th day, then took the rest of the week off.

As I look around at what Your last creative effort is doing to each other and Your planet, I have to wonder: Is this the best You could do?

Air Force Academy, Prayer Breakfasts and The Family

Air Force Academy Taps Member of “Lord’s Army” to Speak at National Prayer Luncheon

During the first two weeks of February, military bases and schools across the country will join dozens of other organizations in holding annual “prayer breakfasts” and luncheons in coordination with the controversial National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC

This has long been part of The Family’s agenda. These self-proclaimed “christians” have infiltrated the halls of power around the globe, using “prayer breakfasts.” Not satisfied with wooing politicians, they have encroached into various militaries.

The great question is, will there come a point when those “christians” in our military feel duty-bound to follow “christ” instead of the Commander in Chief? I believe the answer is “Yes.” There will be a mutiny in our military. The severity and extent is unknowable. Hopefully, it won’t be a Dr. Strangelove scenario.

MSNBC president Phil Griffin: This week’s WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD!!!

Phil Griffin suspended Keith Olbermann indefinitely, without pay, for …. gasp … making private contributions to Democratic candidates!!!

Reports are emerging that others employed by Griffin who gave campaign contributions to… Republicans, were not similarly treated.

This brings to mind an even more onerous implication: Your Boss may be monitoring candidate’s campaign disclosure statements. Give to someone your Boss doesn’t support, and you could get fired! We may well be entering an era where, if your name doesn’t show up on certain campaign donation lists, you could find yourself unexplicably passed over for promotions… or downsized out of a job.

Welcome to new Corporate America, where making a campaign donation can get you canned. And Phil Griffin, for starting us down this path, you are this week’s


Special Comment: If The Tea Party Wins, America Loses

Here’s last night’s “Special Comment” by Keith Olbermann on Countdown (MSNBC) where he addresses the coming election, drawing a picture of what our country could very well look like if the Tea Party extremist candidates win their races and take power.

He uses their own words.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Seriously.. “Good night, and good luck.”

The High Price of Low Taxes

By now, most of us are aware of the story out of Obion, Tennessee where the firefighters watched as the family home, 3 dogs and a cat burned.

The family had a choice, pay a “subscription fee” of $75.00 per year or do without fire protection. In this sense, taxes for firefighting were made voluntary. Their taxes were lowered. And they, and their pets, paid a dear price for their choice to forego fire protection. One can only imagine the horror had people been in the house while the firefighters stood by, ready to protect…the neighbor’s property should the fire spread to the lands of someone who paid the $75.00!

But let’s take a closer look at that $75.00 voluntary fee for firefighting services. Apparently, the entire county could be covered for a 0.13% increase in their property taxes. That means, for houses valued less than about $57,000, they would be paying less than $75.00 per year, while those whose houses were valued at more than $57,000, would pay more.

So, what’s the median house prices in Obion, Tennessee, you ask?

I’m glad you asked:

As the chart shows, the current median price of homes in Obion is about $10,000 more than the $57,000 break-even point on the “subscription fee.” But this shows that roughly half the homeowners in the county pay too much for fire protection, while those with pricier homes get a break.

The High Price of Low Taxes.

This worked so well, the powers that be want to expand the program. It’s a good deal for the folks with the more expensive homes. For the poor, not so good a deal. Left out of MainStreamMedia stories is how this “subscription service” is made available to renters, if at all. For all we know, they’re at the mercy of their landlords.

But there is one other thing we know: this time, the price was furnishings and pets. This time. Next time, it could well be someone’s children, wife, husband, father or mother.
Perhaps the firefighters could be equiped with violins, so they could at least fiddle while they watch houses burn.